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Philippa Levine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001

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Sexuality, Gender, and Empire

Sexuality, Gender, and Empire

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Gender and Empire

Philippa Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that sex was a significant imperial policy issue and a ‘key site of colonial anxieties’. Sex is a part of the politics of Empire and was something that needed regulating and managing. Unrestrained sexuality was an unending threat to Empire; it undermined notions of British moderation and rationality, it produced inter racial liaisons and sometimes offspring; it encouraged and facilitated unauthorized sexual behaviours considered dangerous or unseemly.

Keywords:   sex, colonial anxieties, Empire, British rationality, racial liaisons, sexual behaviour

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